Irish stars Kerry Condon, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson and In Bruges writer-director Martin McDonagh have received a 15-minute standing ovation at the Venice International Film Festival world premiere of their eagerly awaited new movie The Banshees of Inisherin.

Set on an island off the west coast of Ireland in 1923, The Banshees of Inisherin follows lifelong friends Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship.

US entertainment trade publication Deadline reports that at a press conference ahead of the premiere, both Farrell and Gleeson spoke about the film getting to the heart of male friendship and the dark comedy's power in today's ever-more-hectic world.

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"I'm glad to see male friendship as something valuable at the moment when the readjustment of everyone's relationships with everybody is under reconsideration," said Gleeson.

"The valuing of male friendship against a bromance to me is very deep and pertinent right now."

Martin McDonagh and Colin Farrell during the filming of The Banshees of Inisherin Photo: Fox Searchlight

Farrell told the media that he believes the film can act as a counterweight to the "informational age" that "takes us away from the intimacy that's required and interests that are needed to exist".

"When push comes to shove, we will always return to good chats," Farrell said. "It's like the people who don't believe in God until they've overdosed on a drug."

"Conversation, sharing thoughts and feelings with each other," Farrell continued. "It's a world that is so quick to pull the trigger of judgment on each other, we're so quick to cancel now with cancel culture and all these things.

"But to actually have discourse, to have conversation and exchange ideas in a way that is as open to your opinion being changed as it is to being shared is a gorgeous thing. I don't think that'll ever die even if it's been supplanted a little by technology."

Producer Graham Broadbent, Martin McDonagh, Kerry Condon, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in Venice on Monday for the world premiere of The Banshees of Inisherin

Filmed on Inis Mór and Achill Island, The Banshees of Inisherin is the first film London-born McDonagh has made in Ireland since his Oscar-winning, Brendan Gleeson-starring 2004 short Six Shooter.

"To do something in Ireland was majestic, especially the west of Ireland was a dream of mine," said McDonagh.

"The whole area where we filmed was where I went back to when I was a kid to visit relatives. It's where my dad's from."

The Banshees of Inisherin, which also stars Barry Keoghan, opens in Irish cinemas on Friday 21 October.

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